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 Goldsmith: Theoretical ecology.
Ecology - a bridge - review of Ecology: A Bridge Between Science and Society, by Eugene Odum.
Ecology is a faith - chapter 16 of The Way: An Ecological World View, originally published in 1992.
Gaia: some implications for theoretical ecology - paper for the Wadebridge Ecological Centre's Conference: "Gaia: Theory, practice and implications", Camelford, Cornwall, October 1987.
www.edwardgoldsmith.com /key1.html   (922 words)

Ecology, or ecological science, is the scientific study of the distribution and abundance of living organisms and how these properties are affected by interactions between the organisms and their environment.
Ecology can also be sub-divided according to the species of interest into fields such as animal ecology, plant ecology, insect ecology, and so on.
Ecology is generally spoken of as a new science, having only become prominent in the second half of the 20th Century.
www.crystalinks.com /ecologydefinition.html   (2528 words)

 Goldsmith: Gaia: some implications for theoretical ecology.
Ideally, of course, ecology taken in that holistic sense of the term, would be non-disciplinary, rather than inter-disciplinary, since the disciplines into which knowledge has been divided have developed in such total isolation that they are difficult to reconcile with each other, still more difficult to merge into an ecological superscience.
Ecology has in fact been perverted-perverted in the interests of making it acceptable to the scientific establishment and to the politicians and industrialists who sponsor it.
With the transformation of ecology, which I have already referred to, this view was slowly abandoned in favour of one that better conformed to the reductionist paradigm of science and, hence, with the paradigm of modernism which it serves to rationalise.
www.edwardgoldsmith.com /page210.html   (8041 words)

 Restoration Ecology: The New Frontier
Also beyond the scope of this article, but important to the field of restoration ecology, is the stigma often attached by tenure and promotion committees to the source of the money obtained by a faculty member to support his or her research.
The primary advantage of restoration ecology research is that the investigator is forced to study the entire system rather than components of the system in isolation from each other.
Ecology is a relatively new field and its predictive capabilities vary enormously.
www.cnr.uidaho.edu /restorationecology/cairns.htm   (4850 words)

 Reconstructing Ecology
Furthermore, "the new ecology" challenges the notion that "integrity" is a recognizable condition in ecosystems, and thus a meaningful goal of environmental policy.
The term 'evolution,' as employed in theoretical ecology, may be understood as a stand-in or proxy for God as the designer of ecosystems.
Sagoff's critique of theoretical ecology is found primarily in Sections IV and V (pp 877-968).
gadfly.igc.org /ecology/reconeco.htm   (10703 words)

 Ecology (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Classical population ecology was restricted to the study of state-based models primarily because of the requirement that models be tractable, so as to permit predictions and explanations.
Theoretical exploration of models has made it clear that a wide variety of mechanisms can lead to such self-regulation but it is usually unclear which models are more plausible than others thanks to the typical formalization indeterminacy of the field.
In the type of population ecology that was discussed earlier (in Section 2), populations were characterized by their state variables, parameters such as size or density describing the population as a whole and—with two exceptions—ignoring individual differences.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/ecology   (10902 words)

 Ecology Focal Group
Ecology is the scientific discipline that seeks to understand the mechanisms and processes that control the distribution and abundance of life on Earth.
Ecology, as a combination of natural history observation, experimental hypothesis testing, and theoretical approaches, provides an essential backdrop against which several other biological disciplines can be more effectively studied, including evolutionary biology and applied conservation biology.
Ecology faculty are engaged in a wide variety of research that can be characterized in several ways: ranging from theoretical to experimental; spanning small to large spatial and temporal scales; scaled from the individual level to ecological communities.
inbio.byu.edu /home/page/ecol.aspx   (682 words)

 Theoretical ecology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The tradition pursued in universities and scientific journals under the rubric of theoretical ecology addresses the equations and probability distributions that govern the demography and biogeography of species.
Common topics of theoretical ecology include population dynamics and the mathematics of competition.
Simberloff went on to add rigour to experimental ecology and was one of the stalwarts in the SLOSS Debate (whether it is preferable to protect a Single Large or Several Small reserves) and forced supporters of Jared Diamond's community assembly rules to defend their ideas through Neutral Model Analysis.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Theoretical_ecology   (276 words)

 U of M: Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior: Faculty
Evolution and population ecology of insects; effects of selection and gene flow on adaptation and specificity in insect herbivores; distribution and community ecology of filtering caddisflies.
Theoretical ecology and computation in biology; biodiversity and ecosystem functioning; habitat restoration.
Ecological effects of human domination of the earth; population ecology and theory of community dynamics and biodiversity; role of resource competition; biodiversity and ecosystem functioning; effect of habitat destruction.
www.cbs.umn.edu /eeb/faculty   (458 words)

 Nearctica - Ecology - Population Ecology
A wonderful set of lectures on theoretical population dynamics in the form of a series of lectures in Adobe Acrobat (pdf) form.
The presentation is heavy on the theoretical aspects and perhaps a little weak on empirical evidence.
An introduction to the theoretical aspects of population ecology including density dependent and density independent population growth.
www.nearctica.com /ecology/pops/popecol.htm   (423 words)

 ESMTB Siguenza Summer School (August 25-September 03,2003)
The school will feature aspects of models and methods in ecology where the scale is an issue: energy budgets, evolutionary aspects of aggregation, particle coagulation and flocculation in the sea, fish schooling and animal aggregation.
Ecology aims at studying living communities interacting with their environment on the one hand and the cycle of different elements (carbon, nitrogen, phosporus,...) on the other hand.
It will feature aspects of models and methods in ecology where the scale is an issue: energy budgets, evolutionary aspects of aggregation, particle coagulation and flocculation in the sea, fish schooling and animal aggregation.
euromedbiomath.s2003.free.fr   (979 words)

 Web Directory » Web Directory » Science » Biology » Theoretical Biology
Program in Theoretical Biology, Institute for Advanced Study - The Program in Theoretical Biology has many diverse interests, including immunology and virology, the evolution of language, evolutionary genomics, epidemiology, the evolution of cancer and the evolution of cooperation and fairness.
Theoretical Biology and Biophysics (T-10) - The Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group (T-10) at Los Alamos National Laboratory focuses on the modeling of biological systems and the analysis and informatics of molecular and cellular biological data.
Theoretical Biology at Utrecht University, Netherlands - Formal models in ecology, spatial pattern formation, (molecular) evolution, immunology, and ethology.
www.dcpages.com /DC_ODP/?c=Science/Biology/Theoretical_Biology   (628 words)

 Inter Research » Ecology Institute » ECI Prize
The contributions which he has made to theoretical ecology have brought him particularly high international prestige, and have made him one of the most frequently quoted contemporary ecologists.
In this way, his theoretical and empirical insights have contributed significantly to the integration of different branches of ecology.
His early work on the role of predation on the structure of ecological communities has had a long-lasting influence on the way ecologists view communities, by showing that predation strongly affects the outcome of competitive interactions and is even the vehicle of new competitive interactions among species.
www.int-res.com /ecology-institute/eci-prize   (3431 words)

 Ecology Project
And Sagoff adds that theoretical ecology lacks a classification system, boundaries, and "baselines" (norms from which to assess deviations), and thus cannot be assessed in terms of "integration," "health," or "normality." Indeed, he writes, "the terms 'eco' and 'system', when conjoined, constitute an oxymoron."
Considerable vagueness and ambiguity is encountered in the use among ecologists of such terms as "community," "stability," and "integrity," and this conceptual inconstancy is compounded as these terms are directed away from the scientists laboratory and the scholar's seminars and toward the arena of public policy debate.
If "disequilibrium ecology" is correct, then a new foundation may have to be built and new strategies developed to defend traditional environmental and conservation policies.
gadfly.igc.org /ecology/ecology.htm   (1120 words)

 Theoretical Ecosystem Ecology - Understanding Element Cycles
The cycling of elements such as carbon and nitrogen is of central importance in ecology, particularly when humans are causing changes to element cycles on a global scale.
This groundbreaking work will be of interest to graduate students and researchers in theoretical ecology, biogeochemistry, forestry, agronomy, soil science and plant ecology.
The theoretical predictions are compared against empirical data on C, N, P and S behaviour in a number of different conditions covering both steady states of soils and dynamics in incu- bation experiments in laboratories.
www.eom.slu.se /personal/goran/teedok.htm   (1941 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
The major conceptual and practical problems in at least one area of recent active research in theoretical ecology will form an integral part of the course.
ENTRY LEVEL: A strong background in ecology (Ecology 204 or equivalent) and calculus (Math 16C or 21C); or an upper division course in ecology (EST 100 or 121, or Zoology 125) and a strong mathematics background (Math 22 ABC or equivalent).
TOPICAL OUTLINE: The course will include an introduction to the necessary mathematical tools, a historical survey of theoretical ecology, and study of model formulation and analysis in the context of an in depth study of a particular topic, e.g.
ecology.ucdavis.edu /Courses/232.htm   (249 words)

 ECOL 303 Quantitative & Theoretical Ecology
In the laboratory, the student is shown how to represent key theoretical concepts as spreadsheet models to explore population and community dynamics, thereby achieving a deeper understanding of ecological principles.
In addition to the regular lectures, a number of guest lecturers who are involved in current research and issues in ecology, are invited to share their experience and views with the class.
This subject is essential for BSc students majoring in ecology and conservation and provides important background for those students intending to pursue a career or postgraduate study that involves ecological research.
www.lincoln.ac.nz /story1903.html   (478 words)

 Theoretical production ecology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The maximum theoretical gross production rate under optimum growth conditions is approximately 250 kg per hectare per day.
A nitrogen gift is known to stimulate leaf growth and therefore can work adversely on the yield of crops which are accumulating photosynthesis products in storage organs, such as ripening cereals or fruit-bearing fruit trees.
Theoretical production ecology assumes that the growth of common agricultural crops, such as cereals and tubers, usually consists of four (or five) phases:
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Theoretical_production_ecology   (1756 words)

 dmoz.occitania.org - Open Directory - World: Occitan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Home page of a theoretical biologist with general interests in Philosophy of Nature, Philosophy of Science, and Science Studies, and research interests in artificial life and theoretical biology.
The Program in Theoretical Biology has many diverse interests, including immunology and virology, the evolution of language, evolutionary genomics, epidemiology, the evolution of cancer and the evolution of cooperation and fairness.
The Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group (T10) at Los Alamos National Laboratory focuses on the modeling of biological systems and the analysis and informatics of molecular and cellular biological data.
www.occitania.org /dmoz/index.asp?/Science/Biology/Theoretical_Biology   (501 words)

 Staff at the Department of Theoretical Ecology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
As a graduate student at the dept of Theoretical Ecology, I study food storing partly from an analytic, theoretical point of view, focusing on social inter- actions and how it affects caching behaviour.
Also, verifying theoretical predictions in the field is an important part of science and a good way of staying in touch with your study objects and the ecological reality in general.
Apart from theoretical and empirical ecology, I also study the underlying neurology behind food storing - how the physiology of the Hippocampus structure in the brain affects the ability to remember food caches.
fisher.teorekol.lu.se /staff/klundborg/klundborg.html   (208 words)

 ESA Theoretical Ecology Section Home Page
Welcome to the home page for the Theoretical Ecology Section of ESA, hosted by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis.
The Theoretical Ecology Section is a part of the Ecological Society of America (ESA).
The Section was formed in 1993 to (1) foster theoretical research in all areas of ecology; (2) sponsor meetings for the presentation of results; (3) foster communication and research collaboration between theoreticians and experimental/field ecologists; (4) encourage the application of ecological theory to the resolution of societal problems.
www.nceas.ucsb.edu /theor_ecol   (294 words)

 Theoretical Ecology Lab Tea
Because of the importance of water limitation in savannas, a number of theoretical models of tree-grass coexistence have been developed which differ in their underlying assumptions about the ways in which trees and grasses access and use soil moisture.
In particular, the recently developed "neutral theory" of ecology has had some success at predicting the properties of communities from the starting assumption that individuals of different species are ecologically equivalent.
I conclude that there are important differences between fitness-equalization and ecological equivalence, but that the neutral theory of ecology provides a useful framework to build on and elucidate how species differences shape stochastic variation in the community.
www.eeb.princeton.edu /labtea/labtea_spring2005.html   (2677 words)

 Theoretical Biology/Bioinformatics Utrecht
Welcome to this public WWW server of the department of Theoretical Biology at the Utrecht University, Faculty of Biology, the Netherlands.
Our Theoretical Biology group performs fundamental research in Biology by means of formal models.
Examples of the Biological areas that we cover are ecology, spatial pattern formation, (molecular) evolution, immunology, and ethology.
www-binf.bio.uu.nl   (457 words)

 Theoretical Biology Biology Science
- The Program in Theoretical Biology has many diverse interests, including immunology and virology, the evolution of language, evolutionary genomics, epidemiology, the evolution of cancer and the evolution of cooperation and fairness.
Papers on theoretical models of the mammalian electroencephalogram and related lecture notes (medical imaging, physiological modeling).
Defines theoretical biology, gives examples of its application, and provides advice on preparing for a career in the field.
www.iaswww.com /ODP/Science/Biology/Theoretical_Biology   (389 words)

 Theoretical Ecology course
Metz, J.A.J., Roos, A. de & Bosch, F. van den (1988) Population models incorporating physiological structure: a quick survey and an application to size structured population dynamics in waterfleas.
Some of them are not consistent with classic theory in ecology.
The session will be fitted into the program organized by the NVTB, at which graduated students present their work in Theoretical Biology.
www.bio.vu.nl /thb/course/ecol/material.html   (900 words)

 Amazon.com: An Illustrated Guide to Theoretical Ecology: Books: Ted J. Case   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
It is all the basic mathematical underpinnings of ecology that I spend hours trying to explain to students at all levels--explained better than I do it--PLUS the things that I have to review myself before opening my mouth on theoretical issues.
The real strength is in the meticulous care with which Case covers virtually every important topic across a broad array of theoretical ecology, from single species to multispecies communities.
Theoretical developments are then applied to practical issues in conservation to provie a more visceral understanding of the purpose and utility of the theory, where it might need modification to fit the real world and future directions.
www.amazon.com /Illustrated-Guide-Theoretical-Ecology/dp/0195085124   (1202 words)

 Alexei Sharov   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Mathematical modeling is the main tool in population ecology (see my paper).
Currently I am mostly interested in modeling of spatio-temporal population dynamics and in spatial analysis population distribution using geostatistics.
Notions and methods in theoretical biology are still in the process of development.
www.gypsymoth.ento.vt.edu /~sharov/alexei.html   (178 words)

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